Library events, May 19-26, 2019

Library events, May 19-26, 2019

Champaign Public Library

Main Library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

From 1 to 4 p.m. today at the main library, community members can attend the Get Curious! Summer Reading Kickoff Party with curiosity stations, puppets, face painting and more. Live music will include the Edison Middle School Jazz Band (12:30 to 1:15 p.m.) and David Howie (2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 to 4 p.m.) performing on the front porch. The first 350 kids and teens will get a free summer reading T-shirt.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday at the main library at Every Mother Counts, watch a screening of the PBS documentary "When the Bough Breaks" (28 minutes), followed by a panel discussion led by Sistering CU. In the film, researchers explain how the chronic stress of racism impacts birth outcomes, as well as how civic engagement and racial justice can improve health outcomes. After assessing the issues that mothers of color face today, panelists will identify how we can offer better support.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday at the main library, learn how to get started with email — including setting up a new Gmail account — at a hands-on workshop using library laptops. Registration is encouraged. Sign up online ( or by calling (217) 403-2070.

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Urbana Free Library

210 W. Green St.

At 2 p.m. today in the Busey Mills Reading Room, attend a UFLive! concert with The Coneflowers. The group of women includes accomplished local bluegrass, folk, choral and classical musicians who sing and play everything from Iris Dement to Bob Marley to the Badgett Sisters — and often in four-part harmony. UFLive! concerts take place on the third Sunday of most months and are made possible by the support of the Urbana Free Library Foundation.

At 3 p.m. today in Lewis Auditorium, kids 5 to 11 can attend the next installment of the Young Artist's Studio, which will feature zine making with local artist Hila Kelly. What's a zine? Come learn about small-circulation, self-published books, comics, art and how to make your own zines. Young participants will create zines to take home. Art supplies will be provided. Dress comfortably and get ready to roll up those sleeves. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver. The Young Artist's Studio is a series of free art workshops sponsored by the library and the Urbana Public Arts Program.

Have you ever wanted to record your family's or community's stories? At 2 p.m. Saturday, visit the Busey Mills Reading Room for an introductory workshop that will guide you from your initial idea to a finished project. We will discuss planning and conducting your interview and give an overview of helpful technology. We'll also provide examples, additional resources and highlight some local oral history projects. The workshop will be presented by Kathryn La Barre, an associate professor at the School of Information Sciences, an archivist, a zine librarian at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center and a librarian at the Rantoul Multi-Cultural Center. A longtime Urbana resident, she's been involved with several oral history projects and teaches a graduate-level seminar in oral history at the University of Illinois.

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Danville Public Library

319 N. Vermilion St.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Teen Zone Makerspace, Tech Tuesdays introduce youths 12 to 18 to technology and science-based projects. This week's project: a Lego mindstorm robot.

At 6 p.m. Thursday in the second-floor conference room, attend Book Clubs are Murder!, the library's newest book club that will explore works in the genres of true crime, murder mysteries and more. This month, "One for the Money" by Janet Evanovich will be featured.

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